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World War I or II Newspaper

Your assignment is to create a simulated newspaper on one of the events of World War II. Do some general research on the event you're interested using Wikipedia and other sources. Find the relevant dates, and then start searching for information in the old newspapers you have available.


It may be about:
  • World War I
    • the Second Battle of Ypres,
    • the Battle of Vimy Ridge,
    • the Battle of Passchendaele.
  • World War II
    • Canada's Declaration of War Against Germany
    • the Surrender of Hong Kong
    • the Battle of the St. Lawrence
    • the Battle of the North Atlantic
    • the Raid on Dieppe,
    • the Attack on Juno Beach,
    • the Commonwealth Air Training Program,
Using Publisher (or a similar program) you will create a two (or more) page newspaper.
  1. It should be laid out neatly in a format appropriate to a newspaper with columns, pictures, headlines, and multiple stories.
    • Remember that newspapers don't leave sections blank. 
  2. It will report on one of the topics listed above as if it were a current issue happening right now. The news may be delayed by a day or two, but you are reporting from the time period this happened.
  3. This project will be based on research. You can't just make it up. You can't just talk and talk your time away. There needs to be facts figures, names, dates, and places in your report.
  4. Don't just throw in facts. Analyze, too. Do your stories answer the basic W5 questions?
    • Who were they fighting?
    • Where were they fighting?
    • When were they fighting?
    • Why were they fighting?
    • What were they fighting for?
  5. You will need at least two primary sources. You can use the Winnipeg Free Press Archives, the Alberta Newspapers listed on the left, and the World War II Newspapers listed on the left.
  6. Color is not necessary since newspapers at this time were in black and white.
  7. Include a couple of ads that are in a style appropriate to the period.
    • You can find ads in the Canadian Newspapers or in the ad archive at Duke University.
    • Make sure they're large enough that we can makes some sense of them.


Sources include but are not limited to:



  1. Is it laid out so it looks like a newspaper?
    • Is it 2 pages long?
    • Are at least 1 page about the event in question with not more than the equivalent of a half page of ads?
  2. Does it have ads that reflect the time period?
  3. Does it use primary sources?
    • You should have at least two different sources.
  4. Does it show evidence of thorough research? 
    • Is it historically accurate?
  5. Does it show solid analysis?
    • Is there evidence the student understands the implications of the event and how it changed the war or other events?
James Dykstra,
May 23, 2012, 8:37 AM